Dr M restless in retirement


source: http://www.malaysiakini.com
by Stanley Koh

May 27, 2008

MCPX

Analysis:

Most retired politicians who are more than 80 years old would probably live wisely, following a lifestyle of simplicity. Freeing the heart of hate. Freeing the mind of worry. Giving more and expecting less.

But Malaysia’s fourth prime minister’s voice continues to grumble like prolonged thunder, like an endless storm.

mahathir interview 050308Called the ‘Father of Modern Malaysia’, Dr Mahathir Mohamad appears to be pressing his self-destruct button – it could destroy what remains of his 22-year legacy, including the respect and goodwill that he has in the hearts of many Malaysians.

His character was shaped by his strict upbringing by a conservative father and school teacher, Mohamad Iskandar, and also by his experiences during the Japanese Occupation of Malaya.

“His father nurtured his enquiring mind, encouraging him to think for himself and to speak out,” says a reference to Mahathir’s simple beginnings in the ‘Encyclopedia of Malaysia’.

Hence, it is of no surprise that Mahathir is considered by far the most vocal and oratorical prime minister the nation has had.

Many are also familiar with his bitter experiences at an early age. The Japanese invasion during World War II interrupted his schooling for three years. He had to run a stall selling fried bananas in Pekan Rabu, Alor Setar.

He entered politics covertly during his schooldays, sneaking out at night to post pamphlets opposing the Malayan Union. He became one of the youngest members of UMNO when it was inaugurated on May 11, 1946.

Mahathir graduated in 1953 with a medical degree from University of Malaya in Singapore and set up practice. Many patients called him Dr UMNO.

His political career was marked by expulsion from the party in 1969, but he was invited back in March 1972. At the age of 55, he became prime minister.

At the peak of his popularity, he was described by Third World nations as a “truly global statesman”.

good bye malaysia mahathirHowever, there has been a dark side to his administration. Many Malaysians now have serious misgivings from his ‘politics of patronage’.

Many serious ailments and negative characteristics have since been passed down to Abdullah Ahmad Badawi – among these, oppressive laws, dictatorial policies, corruption in the civil service and judiciary, abuse of power.

Sense of Outrage

Mahathir was almost treated like a celebrity immediately after he retired in November 2003 as Prime Minister and UMNO president. But he did not stay out of sight for too long.

He returned to ‘active politics’ in June 2006, initiating his first volley of political attacks against Abdullah. Critics accused him of fomenting the very institution he had spearheaded.

If ‘egotism’ is defined as the art of seeing in oneself what others cannot see, then Mahathir has indeed caused much bewilderment among Malaysians in relation to his behaviour. Many formerly loyal and subservient cabinet ministers whom he groomed and promoted have abandoned him in disillusionment or betrayal.

The tears shed and emotional sadness among rank-and-file UMNO members when he stepped down, is now either sublimated by political fatigue or subjugated by a sense of outrage.

umno 2007 agm rafidah aziz and wanita 051107Wanita UMNO chief Rafidah Aziz responding to Mahathir’s resignation from the party, reportedly said: “I’m shocked and disappointed because Dr Mahathir seems to be punishing UMNO over issues he is dissatisfied with. Don’t use the party as a hostage to achieve what you want.”

To ordinary Malaysians, Mahathir’s ‘impromptu’ resignation from UMNO is seen as a desperate act to force Abdullah to step down. Few party leaders and members have emulated Mahathir’s move.

More damaging in the eyes of Malaysians has been his recent ploy, which is perceived as playing the racial card to further his selfish interests.

Mahathir claimed: “The Malays have loosened their grip on political power to the point where the non-Malays no longer respect them and their institutions.” He also said that everything deemed as Malay privileges has been challenged by non-Malays.

His message contained a hidden barb for Abdullah for ‘not doing anything’ to counter the situation or to strengthen the Malay position.

To some, Mahathir has become a man of contradictions, singing a different tune compared to his previous enunciation of a ‘Bangsa Malaysia’ when he was premier.

Mahathir’s Predicament

It is said that genius and eccentricity share a porous boundary particularly afflicting renowned practitioners in the arena of realpolitik.

“But politicians (or power itself) are abject because they merely embody the profound contempt people have for their lives,” noted philosopher Jean Baudrillard.

“One should be grateful to politicians for accepting the abstractness of power and ridding others of its burden. This invariably kills them but they get their revenge by passing into others the corpse of power.”

mahathir dr m umno kulai johor 300307 satrizeMahathir’s outspokenness during his tenure had earned him enormous respect, but he is now perceived to be a “troublemaker”.

In ‘Mahathir vs Abdullah: Covert wars and Challenged Legacies’, Nathaniel Tan wrote: ““Tun Dr Mahathir’s ‘return’ to politics (spurning his retirement) was undoubtedly vigorous; whether it was vicious or valiant remains a controversial point of contention.”

Malaysiakini columnist Sim Kwang Yang wrote in the same publication: “… for a few months now (in 2006), the former PM has come out with his guns blaring, like the aged gunslinger in America’s Wild West, looking for his last hurrah!

“One must wonder: during these sunset golden years of his life, does he not want to spend more time relaxing in his garden, playing with his grandchildren, as Marlon Brando did in The Godfather? Is he not human after all?

“One can understand how difficult it is for a person devoted to a distinguished career in public life to retire gracefully.”

Newsweek writers Ron Moreau and Tony Emerson had, in 1999, described Mahathir as the longest serving ruler in Asia and “perhaps the most confusing; a man of modest personal tastes,” in an exclusive interview at the administrative capital, Putrajaya.

They also asked for his response to criticism that he had built ‘a palace (the prime minister’s residence) fit for a pharaoh’.

putrajayaMahathir shot back: “They can call me a pharaoh if they like. It’s not for me. I won’t be around much longer. It’s the residence for the prime minister, not Dr Mahathir the pharaoh.”

Pharaoh or not, there is general consensus that Mahathir is not likely to lose his voice and nothing will stop his habitual outrageous, stinging rhetoric.

The Edge writer P Gunasegaram, in an article published in The Sun, wrote: “Mahathir’s time is up – it ended some three years ago when he gave up power (2003). To try to hold onto it by using his image and influence to force things is regrettable and will backfire on him eventually. It is more than time to move on.

“But we Malaysians often have this habit of shooting ourselves in our feet, blowing up larger than life political posturing into political crises instead of getting on with matters that matters. Mahathir is counting on that.”

Really, time is the only capital that any human being has and Mahathir, in retirement, should realise that it is one thing that he cannot afford to lose.

But HG Wells summed it rather nicely when he said, “The past is but the beginning of a beginning and all that is or has been is but the twilight of the dawn.”

This probably describes Mahathir’s predicament.

19 thoughts on “Dr M restless in retirement

  1. Mahathir wants everything his way, remember his favourite song “My Way “?

    In his quest to oust Abdullah , he resorts to dirty tactics of fanning racial hatred and sentiment without thinking about the consequences to Malaysia’s racial harmony, goodwill and unity, he is a desperate man indeed. Perhaps he has just lost whatever dignity and respect he had, sad real sad.
    _________

    MUH, you can now understand why a former Mahathir supporter like me can be one of his critics. He is from my hometown, Alor Setar, Kedah,and my late mother worked for Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah in the 1950s at the General Hospital. I am sad that this octogenerian is shooting himself in the foot. He gives me the impression that he thinks no one else is fit to be Prime Minister, not even Anwar Ibrahim. He is that indispensible leader.

    I admit, Badawi is unfit to be Prime Minister, but he was the Tun’s choice to succeed him. Apart from saying that he had made a mistake (how convenient!!) in his choice, he has not explained his real motive(s). Now he wants Najib to take over,but never Anwar Ibrahim. Will he make another mistake by pushing for Najib (Malaysia “Empress Dowager” Rosmah Mansor behind him)? I am assuming that the Tun still has a big influence on UMNO.—Din Merican

  2. Hahaha I am so glad this Rip Van Winkle from Kedah finally woke up. Visitors to Bakri Musa’s blog (www.bakrimusa.com) will know how fearlessly and passionately he would come to the defence of his hero and “mentor” — Dr Mahathir— each time the guy’s name came up for ‘attack’, and I remember we fought many battles there for years. 😀 .I am glad Din Merican has finally come to his senses and is able to see through Mahathir’s hypocrisy and the devil in him.
    _______________
    Jong,

    Yes, I may have been asleep all these years. You may wish to note that I was away overseas from 1988-1997 in Singapore, Indonesia and Cambodia. During the first 7 years of his administration (July, 1981-1987)—Mahathir’s Golden Years—Mahathir fired the imagination of and infused vigor in the Malaysian polity after the rather sedate Tun Hussein Onn Administration with his slogan “BERSIH, CEKAP dan AMANAH”.

    I could not accept the criticisms of his policies by my illustrious friends like Dr.K.S. Jomo, the late Rustam Sani and Tian Chua who labelled Mahathir a fascist at one Malaysian Social Science Society AGM where I spoke. Chandra Muzaffar was also present as one of the main speakers.

    Come 1987, after the failed Tengku Razaleigh challenge to unseat him as UMNO President, Dr. Mahathir changed his tack from a “liberal democrat” to that of “Asian Values” autocratic leader. Over the years since that time, he became less tolerant of dissent and continued to act against his detractors including the sacking of my RSGC golfing partner, Tun Salleh Abas as Lord President and Head of the Judiciary in 1988 and culminating in the sacking, disgraceful trial and iimprisonment of Anwar Ibrahim.

    His many achievements on the foreign and economic policy fronts, in particular his handling of the East Asian Financial Crisis, were considerable and I admire him for that. Unfortunately, he was responsible for breaking down institutions of governance including the judiciary.

    As someone said, privatisation which helped to pull Malaysia out of the 1986 recession became piratisation. Today, the effects of this Malaysia Inc. policy (the nexus between politics and business ala Japan with the trade unions held in check) remain with us and his appointment of a weak successor ensured that the system of patronage was brought to a fine art with corruption, crony and nepotism never more blatant. March 8, 2008 when Malaysian voters reacted by giving the UMNO-led Barisan Nasional coalition is huge thumping was the tipping point. Things began to break down and Malaysia has since lost its way.

    Today, the Mahathirian legacy is now being systematically dismantled by Badawi and his cronies led by the 3Ks (Khairy, Kalimullah and Kamal) and the former Prime Minister is doing all he can to “punish” Badawi. But he does not have to do that. UMNO is breaking up as various leaders scramble for power. Badawi will fail because he is a product of UMNO’s corrupt feudal culture,and he cannot but remain within this rigid system where politics as will to power is used for self-aggrandizement.

    I have come one full circle about UMNO politics and Mahathirism. It is not about championing the Malays and nation building, but it is the politics of self interest taken to its extremes. The rot in the state of Malaysia must be stamped before we can move forward for the benefit of all Malaysians. All reactionaries including the Tun must be prevented from thwarting our march towards a better Malaysia. —Din Merican

  3. I remember at one stage Din Merican was so offended when I accused him of supporting the the wrong person – the devil, listen to the wrong music, wear the wrong pants and drive the wrong car! Times have changed; we have to move with the times, tukar our thinking too. 😀

  4. People and views change. Like you and me. Like Din Merican too 🙂 . But Mahathir will always be Mahathir. And looking at how desperate he has become, I don’t like the effects of his words along the way…

    I have my utmost respect for Tun for what he has done for Malaysia, but I think he should really be thinking about retiring to a nice beach house somewhere and read a book to his grandchildren on his beach-side patio instead. Take a break Tun M, you deserved it after all you’ve already done.

  5. From our elders we can rely to receive gems of advice gleaned from their years and years of experience. These experiences are normally filled with wisdom which the younger generations can use as their living guide. They definitely would not be words which teach hatred, division and chaos. They would more likely be words that encourage unity, love, harmony and peace.

    How sad we have in our midst, an old man sowing discord and disunity.

  6. Novice101,

    Thank you, that was very well said indeed!

    I thank you Din Merican for your lengthy response – this is what I call “BIG and BRAVE” to come out to admit to having wrong views of the guy and that you should not have at all been supporting him. Yes, we all make mistakes and it’s never too late to change. For that my friend, you have my regard.

    Dr Bakri if you are reading this blog/thread, I am sure you will agree with me that credit must be given to Din for admitting his error of judgment and the wisdom to change course. So why not you next.

  7. uncle din,

    if anwar and you are willing to change, why not us?

    ______________
    That is the spirit, edisham. Nothing stays fixed. With new evidence, we can change even our firmly held beliefs. —Din Merican

  8. Dr Bakri Musa, I think you have lost touch with the mood of the Malaysian public back home. Everyone’s celebrating as Dr Mahathir deserts the Umno’s sinking ship! Even those in Umno feels he’s good riddance to bad rubbish. They have enough of his nonsence.

    Yes, he’s going for broke to get rid of PM Abdullah and he does not care how he does it as long as he gets his way, and in the process, just watch …he’ll self-destruct!

  9. Mahathir reminds me of the madman who rules Zimbabwe with ruthless efficiency, one who put down dissents using every means including the draconian ISA the moment he lose his argument. He is an egomaniac who thinks he and only he can rule Malaysia best, one who bulldozes his ways regardless of other people opinions. He is truly a racist at heart, one who conveniently deny his race in order to champion the Malay Race. I’m glad the age factor prevents him from continuing as the PM coz I shutter to think what will remain of Malaysia had he carried on.

  10. Abdullah is incompetent as Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib and others from Umno would be a bad choice too, I hope Anwar Ibrahim will be the next Prime Minister to give Malaysia new hope .

    After AI becomes the PM, then charge Mahathir for the many misdeeds he had done during his premiership as well as the current ploy of fanning racial sentiment and hatred.

  11. FIXED DEPOSIT ACCOUNTS OF MAHATHIR?S WIFE AND 5 OF HIS CHILDREN

    AS WELL AS HIS CRONIES

    The information regarding the Fixed Deposit Accounts of Mahathir?s wife and 3 of his children are as below. These accounts were opened at an Israeli Singapore-based bank in the neighboring country ofSingapore. The bank is ISRAELI NATIONAL BANK.

    That vast amount of monies could have been derived through the following:
    i. Deposited by an agent of the Israeli Government or any other foreign government.
    ii. Derived by the various companies of Mahathir?s cronies.
    iii. Perhaps this could be the RM1Bil missing from UMNO?s account which Anwar Ibrahim brought up before he was dismissed from UMNO.

    Details of accounts are as follow:

    Family of Dr. Mahathir:
    1. Name : Ms Siti Hasmah Bte Mohamed Ali
    Post : Wife of Prime Minister
    Passport No. : D 173596 (M)
    Bank : Israeli National Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    3 years
    Account No : AGF-2192-2442- 722-(X)
    Amount : USD 4,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 25/06/95
    Date of Maturity : 25/06/98
    (Maturity continued to 25/06/2001)
    (Extension interest agreed upon)
    2. Name : Ms Siti Hasmah Bte Mohamed Ali
    Post : Wife of Prime Minister
    Passport No. : D 173596 (M)
    Bank : Israeli National Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    3 years
    Account No : FA-4196-2493- 313 (A)
    Amount : USD 8,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 09/06/97
    Date of Maturity : 09/06/00
    3. Name : Ms Siti Hasmah Bte Mohamed Ali
    Post : Wife of Prime Minister
    Passport No. : D 173596 (M)
    Bank : Israeli National Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    3 years
    Account No : DD-3919-714- 271-(A)
    Amount : USD 5,500,000.00
    Date of opening account : 06/12/95
    Date of Maturity : 06/12/98
    4. Name : Ms Siti Hasmah Bte Mohamed Ali
    Post : Wife of Prime Minister
    Passport No. : D 173596 (M)
    Bank : Israeli National Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    3 years
    Account No : FB-5614-1499- 515 (C)
    Amount : USD 9,800,000.00
    Date of opening account : 12/11/97
    Date of Maturity : 12/11/2000
    5. Name : Ms Siti Hasmah Bte Mohamed Ali
    Post : Wife of Prime Minister
    Passport No. : D 173596 (M)
    Bank : Israeli National Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    3 years
    Account No : CE-2418-7172- 492 (E)
    Amount : USD 5,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 07/03/98
    Date of Maturity : 07/03/01
    6. Name : Ms Siti Hasmah Bte Mohamed Ali
    Post : Wife of Prime Minister
    Passport No. : D 173596 (M)
    Bank : Israeli National Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    3 years
    Account No : GB-6921-4212- 712 (F)

    Amount : USD 6,650,000.00
    Date of opening account : 19/03/95
    Date of Maturity : 19/03/98
    (Maturity continuity to 19/03/2001)
    7. Name : Ms Marina Bte Mahathir
    Post : Malaysia AIDS Council President
    Passport No. : R 671918 (M)
    Bank : Israeli National Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    3 years
    Account No : C-719-418-210 (M)

    Amount : USD 13,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 17/06/96
    Date of Maturity : 17/06/99
    8. Name : Ms Marina Bte Mahathir
    Post : Malaysia AIDS Council President
    Passport No. : R 671918 (M)
    Bank : Israeli National Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    3 years
    Account No : F-817-200-11 (C)
    Amount : USD 12,500,000.00
    Date of opening account : 03/12/96
    Date of Maturity : 03/12/99
    9. Name : Ms Marina Bte Mahathir
    Post : Malaysia AIDS Council President
    Passport No. : R 671918 (M)
    Bank : Israeli National Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    5 years
    Account No : G-211-922-718- 2 (D)
    Amount : USD 15,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 12/07/97
    Date of Maturity : 12/07/02
    10. Name : Mr Mokhzani Bin Mahathir
    Post : Son of Prime Minister
    Passport No. : R 719325 (M)
    Bank : Israeli National Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    1 years
    Account No : F-3532-3310- 501 (NG)
    Amount : USD 15,500,000.00
    Date of opening account : 21/09/98
    Date of Maturity : 21/09/99
    11. Name : Mr Mokhzani Bin Mahathir
    Post : Son of Prime Minister
    Passport No. : R 719325 (M)
    Bank : Israeli National Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    3 years
    Account No : DA-9159-7211- 819 (M)
    Amount : USD 4,500,000.00
    Date of opening account : 20/05/96
    Date of Maturity : 20/05/99
    12. Name : Mr Mokhzani Bin Mahathir
    Post : Son of Prime Minister
    Passport No. : R 719325 (M)
    Bank : Israeli National Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    3 years
    Account No : ME-3138-5144- 219 (A)
    Amount : USD 10,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 08/09/97
    Date of Maturity : 08/09/00
    13. 13. Name : Mr Mokhzani Bin Mahathir
    Post : Son of Prime Minister
    Passport No. : R 719325 (M)
    Bank : Israeli National Bank
    Type of Account : Current Account
    Account No : A-7213-4441- 223 (MB)
    Amount : USD 15,500,000.00
    Date of opening account : 11/12/97
    Withdrawal : USD 5,000,000.00 on 10/02/98
    Cheque No. F2912718
    Deposit : USD 9,500,000.00
    Last Balance : USD 19,500,000.00
    14. Name : Mr Mokhzani Bin Mahathir
    Post : Son of Prime Minister
    Passport No. : R 719325 (M)
    Bank : Israeli National Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    1 years
    Account No : F-3518-3279- 441 (ND)
    Amount : USD 10,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 08/09/98
    Date of Maturity : 08/09/99
    15. Name : Mr Mokhzani Bin Mahathir
    Post : Son of Prime Minister
    Passport No. : R 719325 (M)
    Bank : Israeli National Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    3 years
    Account No : M-3121-3149- 512 (D)
    Amount : USD 7,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 03/12/95
    Date of Maturity : 03/12/98
    16. Name : Mr Mirzan Bin Mahathir
    Post : Son of Prime Minister
    Passport No. : R 914315 (M)
    Bank : Israeli National Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    3 years
    Account No : LA-5716-3919- 862 (C)
    Amount : USD 15,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 16/08/96
    Date of Maturity : 16/08/99
    17. 17. Name : Mr Mirzan Bin Mahathir
    Post : Son of Prime Minister
    Passport No. : R 914315 (M)
    Bank : Israeli National Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit
    2 years
    Account No : CM-6983-7419- 365 (F)
    Amount : S $ 10,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 29/06/97
    Date of Maturity : 29/06/99
    18. 18. Name : Mr Mirzan Bin Mahathir
    Post : Son of Prime Minister
    Passport No. : R 914315 (M)
    Bank : Israeli National Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit
    2 years
    Account No : JE-8145-6073- 396 (L)
    Amount : S $ 5,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 15/11/97
    Date of Maturity : 15/11/99
    19. 19. Name : Mr Mirzan Bin Mahathir
    Post : Son of Prime Minister
    Passport No. : R 914315 (M)
    Bank : Israeli National Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit
    3 years
    Account No : YE-3909-2616- 398 (M)
    Amount : S $ 10,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 25/11/97
    Date of Maturity : 25/11/00
    20. 20. Name : Mr Mirzan Bin Mahathir
    Post : Son of Prime Minister
    Passport No. : R 914315 (M)
    Bank : Israeli National Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    1 years
    Account No : G-7051-3996- 521 (EC)
    Amount : USD 12,500,000.00
    Date of opening account : 26/09/98
    Date of Maturity : 26/09/99
    21. 21. Name : Mr Mukhriz Bin Mahathir
    Post : Son of Prime Minister
    Passport No. : R 639296 (M)
    Bank : Israeli National Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    2 years
    Account No : M-2074-6219- 332 (E)
    Amount : USD 8,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 05/06/97
    Date of Maturity : 05/06/99
    22. 22. Name : Mr Mukhriz Bin Mahathir
    Post : Son of Prime Minister
    Passport No. : R 639296 (M)
    Bank : Israeli National Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    3 years
    Account No : DL-6074-3691- 7785 (E)
    Amount : USD 3,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 26/09/97
    Date of Maturity : 26/09/00
    23. 23. Name : Mr Mukhriz Bin Mahathir
    Post : Son of Prime Minister
    Passport No. : R 639296 (M)
    Bank : Israeli National Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit
    3 years
    Account No : CF-3711-5681- 742 (G)
    Amount : S $ 7,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 06/07/96
    Date of Maturity : 06/07/99
    24. 24. Name : Ms Melinda Bte Mahathir
    Post : Daughter of Prime Minister
    Passport No. : R 697339 (M)
    Bank : Israeli National Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    2 years
    Account No : EX-6965-7718- 396 (D)
    Amount : USD 15,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 19/11/97
    Date of Maturity : 19/11/99
    25. 25. Name : Ms Melinda Bte Mahathir
    Post : Daughter of Prime Minister
    Passport No. : R 697339 (M)
    Bank : Israeli National Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit
    2 years
    Account No : FN-1799-6673- 983 (M)
    Amount : S $ 10,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 21/01/98
    Date of Maturity : 21/01/00

    TOTAL :

    USD 199.45 MILLION AND S $ 42,000,000.00 IN FIXED DEPOSIT

    Ponder on the amount and think for yourself how could they have acquired these vast amount of wealth just being the wife and children of the PM of Malaysia ????

    CRONIES WEALTH:

    BROTHER-IN-LAW OF MAHATHIR

    1. Name : Mr. Hashim Bin Mohamed Ali
    Post : Brother-in-law of Prime Minister
    Passport No. : C 341872 (M)
    Bank : Israeli National Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    2 years
    Account No : BB-1792-5126- 2197-14 (XD)
    Amount : USD 6,600,000.00
    Date of opening account : 14/12/96
    Date of Maturity : 14/12/98

    2. Name : Mr. Hashim Bin Mohamed Ali
    Post : Brother-in-law of Prime Minister
    Passport No. : C 341872 (M)
    Bank : Israeli National Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    3 years
    Account No : MG-3014-2132- 5188-19 (NF)
    Amount : USD 11,500,000.00
    Date of opening account : 16/05/97
    Date of Maturity : 16/05/00

    3. Name : Mr. Hashim Bin Mohamed Ali
    Post : Brother-in-law of Prime Minister
    Passport No. : C 341872 (M)
    Bank : Israeli National Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    2 years
    Account No : NE-5179-2212- 6125-42 (CE)
    Amount : USD 5,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 18/06/98
    Date of Maturity : 18/06/00

    TOTAL:

    USD 23,100,00.00

    CABINET MINISTERS (TO BE CONTINUED LATER??.)

    26. 1. Name : Mr. Mohammad Najib Bin Abdul Razak
    Post : Minister of Education
    Passport No. : D 371981 (M)
    Bank : American Express Bank
    Type of Account : Current Account
    Account No : E-7194-303-45- G
    Amount : USD 7,500,000.00
    Date of opening account : 22/12/95
    Withdrawal : USD 2,500,000.00 on 10/01/96
    Cheque No. F1742330
    Withdrawal : USD 1,000,000.00 on 16/03/96
    Cheque No. F1742331
    Withdrawal : USD 1,000,000.00 on 01/07/96
    Cheque No. F1742332
    Withdrawal : USD 500,000.00 on 11/06/97
    Cheque No. F1742333

    27. Name : Mr. Syed Hamid Bin Syed Albar
    Post : Minister of Defence
    Passport No. : D 691245 (M)
    Bank : Citibank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    3 years
    Account No : J-321-3352-339- G
    Amount : USD 8,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 14/07/96
    Date of Maturity : 14/07/99

    28. 3. Name : Mr. Syed Hamid Bin Syed Albar
    Post : Minister of Defence
    Passport No. : D 691245 (M)
    Bank : American Express Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    3 years
    Account No : AC- 4192-443-54- E
    Amount : USD 5,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 27/11/96
    Date of Maturity : 27/11/99

    29. 4. Name : Ms. Rafidah Bte Aziz
    Post : Minister of International Trade And Industry
    Passport No. : D 391274 (M)
    Bank : Bank Of Nova Scotia
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    3 years
    Account No : LA- 7211-3647-341 G
    Amount : USD 5,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 10/06/96
    Date of Maturity : 10/06/99

    30. 5. Name : Ms. Rafidah Bte Aziz
    Post : Minister of International Trade And Industry
    Passport No. : D 391274 (M)
    Bank : Bank Of China
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    2 years
    Account No : CL 4223-6162-47 M
    Amount : USD 2,500,000.00
    Date of opening account : 21/09/96
    Date of Maturity : 21/09/96

    31. 6. Name : Mr. Muhyuddin Bin Yassin
    Post : Minister of Youth and Sports
    Passport No. : D 512717 (M)
    Bank : American Express Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    5 years
    Account No : AF- 3712-229-33- Y
    Amount : USD 7,700,000.00
    Date of opening account : 15/06/96
    Date of Maturity : 15/06/01

    32. 7. Name : Mr. Megat Junid Bin Megat Ayob
    Post : Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs
    Passport No. : D 299671 (M)
    Bank : Israeli National Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    3 years
    Account No : F-3091-9211- 39 (O)
    Amount : USD 5,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 19/08/96
    Date of Maturity : 19/08/99

    33. 8. Name : Mr. Megat Junid Bin Megat Ayob
    Post : Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs
    Passport No. : D 299671 (M)
    Bank : Israeli National Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit
    3 years
    Account No : M-5244-6052- 69 (D)
    Amount : S $ 10,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 07/05/97
    Date of Maturity : 07/05/00

    34. 9. Name : Mr. Mohammad Bin Rahmat
    Post : Minister of Information
    Passport No. : D 423717 (M)
    Bank : Development Bank of Singapore
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit
    2 years
    Account No : C-2965-173-384- F
    Amount : S $ 5,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 29/11/96
    Date of Maturity : 29/11/98

    35. 10. Name : Mr. Mohammad Bin Rahmat
    Post : Minister of Information
    Passport No. : D 423717 (M)
    Bank : Development Bank of Singapore
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit
    2 years
    Account No : CA-3129-662- 919-G
    Amount : S $ 2,500,000.00
    Date of opening account : 06/03/97
    Date of Maturity : 06/03/99

    36. 11. Name : Mr. Sabbarudin Bin Chik
    Post : Minister of Culture, Arts and Tourism
    Passport No. : D 196432 (M)
    Bank : Bank of China
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    3 years
    Account No : E-699-3172-982 (B)
    Amount : USD 8,500,000.00
    Date of opening account : 02/09/96
    Date of Maturity : 02/09/99

    37. 12. Name : Mr. Mustapa Bin Mohamed
    Post : Minister of Entrepreneur
    Second Finance Minister
    Passport No. : D 862411 (M)
    Bank : American Express Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit
    3 years
    Account No : CA-5098-344- 66-D
    Amount : S $ 5,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 12/06/96
    Date of Maturity : 12/06/99

    38. 13. Name : Mr. Mustapa Bin Mohamed
    Post : Minister of Entrepreneur
    Second Finance Minister
    Passport No. : D 862411 (M)
    Bank : Citibank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    2 years
    Account No : DD-2141-7922- 549-F
    Amount : USD $ 5,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 21/04/97
    Date of Maturity : 21/04/99

    39. 14. Name : Ms. Siti Zaharah Binti Sulaiman
    Post : Deputy Minister of Health
    Passport No. : D 594071 (M)
    Bank : United Overseas Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit
    2 years
    Account No : M-3914-7179- 212-D
    Amount : S $ 5,500,000.00
    Date of opening account : 28/05/97
    Date of Maturity : 28/05/99

    40. 15. Name : Mr. Tajol Rosli Bin Mohammad Ghazali
    Post : Deputy Home Affairs Minister
    Passport No. : D 691872 (M)
    Bank : Development Bank of Singapore
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit
    2 years
    Account No : B 1712-341-619- C
    Amount : S $ 2,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 29/06/97
    Date of Maturity : 29/06/99

    41. 16. Name : Mr. Abdul Kadir Bin Sheikh Fadzir
    Post : Deputy Minister Human Resources
    Passport No. : D 541781 (M)
    Bank : Bank of China
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    3 years
    Account No : D 319-2218-512- J
    Amount : USD 3,500,000.00
    Date of opening account : 28/02/98
    Date of Maturity : 28/02/01

    42. 17. Name : Mr. Ibrahim Saad
    Post : Deputy Minister PM Department
    Passport No. : D 891741 (M)
    Bank : Citibank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    2 years
    Account No : M 374-6593-88 D
    Amount : USD 4,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 08/06/97
    Date of Maturity : 08/06/99

    43. 18. Name : Mr. Mohamed Nazri Bin Aziz
    Post : Deputy Minister PM Department
    Passport No. : D 871945 (M)
    Bank : Israeli National Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    2 years
    Account No : BD 5211-7925-8716- 51 MA
    Amount : USD 6,500,000.00
    Date of opening account : 08/06/97
    Date of Maturity : 08/06/99

    44. 19. Name : Mr. Mohamad Isa Bin Abdul Samad
    Post : Chief Minister of Negeri Sembilan
    Passport No. : D 831569 (M)
    Bank : American Express Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    3 years
    Account No : E- 6654-662-719- M
    Amount : USD 5,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 09/07/96
    Date of Maturity : 09/07/99

    45. 20. Name : Mr. Mohamad Isa Bin Abdul Samad
    Post : Chief Minister of Negeri Sembilan
    Passport No. : D 831569 (M)
    Bank : American Express Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    3 years
    Account No : J-5152-6161- 311-D
    Amount : USD 5,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 24/01/97
    Date of Maturity : 24/01/00

    46. 21. Name : Mr. Sanusi Bin Junid
    Post : Chief Minister of Kedah
    Passport No. : D 659711 (M)
    Bank : Israel National Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    3 years
    Account No : FG 3469-4462-9172 (DE)
    Amount : USD 10,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 21/09/96
    Date of Maturity : 21/09/99

    47. 22. Name : Mr. Sanusi Bin Junid
    Post : Chief Minister of Kedah
    Passport No. : D 659711 (M)
    Bank : Israel National Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit
    2 years
    Account No : H 7639-1722-5243 (MG)
    Amount : S $ 5,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 09/06/97
    Date of Maturity : 09/06/99

    48. 23. Name : Mr. Sanusi Bin Junid
    Post : Chief Minister of Kedah
    Passport No. : D 659711 (M)
    Bank : Israel National Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit
    1 years
    Account No : DC 7943-7716-2713 33 NB
    Amount : S $ 3,500,000.00
    Date of opening account : 10/12/97
    Date of Maturity : 10/12/98

    49. 24. Name : Mr. Abdul Ghani Bin Othmman
    Post : Chief Minister of Johore
    Passport No. : D 615791 (M)
    Bank : Israel National Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit
    2 years
    Account No : GH 1299-4166-339 A
    Amount : S $ 5,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 11/06/97
    Date of Maturity : 11/06/99

    50. 25. Name : Mr. Abdul Ghani Bin Othmman
    Post : Chief Minister of Johore
    Passport No. : D 615791 (M)
    Bank : Israel National Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit
    2 years
    Account No : D 1471-3134-22 F
    Amount : S $ 3,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 03/04/97
    Date of Maturity : 03/04/99

    51. 26. Name : Mr. Ramli Bin Ngah Talib
    Post : Chief Minister of Perak
    Passport No. : D 774511 (M)
    Bank : Citibank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit
    2 years
    Account No : AB 7193-4111-331 (A)
    Amount : S $ 6,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 20/12/96
    Date of Maturity : 20/12/98

    52. 27. Name : Mr. Abu Zahar Bin Isnin
    Post : Chief Minister of Malacca
    Passport No. : R 515341 (M)
    Bank : Citibank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency
    3 years
    Account No : FA 9132-3156-212 E
    Amount : USD 2,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 11/04/96
    Date of Maturity : 11/04/99

    53. 28. Name : Mr. Abu Hassan Bin Omar
    Post : Chief Minister of Selangor
    Passport No. : D 493718 (M)
    Bank : Citibank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    2 years
    Account No : M 819-5512-71 D
    Amount : USD 3,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 06/05/97
    Date of Maturity : 06/05/99

    54. Name : Mr. Abu Hassan Bin Omar
    Post : Chief Minister of Selangor
    Passport No. : D 493718 (M)
    Bank : Citibank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    2 years
    Account No : M 819-5512-71 D
    Amount : USD 3,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 06/05/97
    Date of Maturity : 06/05/99

    SENIOR PERSONNEL AROUND MAHATHIR

    55. 1. Name : Mr. Abdul Aziz Bin Ismail
    Post : Chief Private Secretary of PM
    Passport No. : R 814239 (M)
    Bank : Israeli National Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit
    3 years
    Account No : GM 5210-6125-8862- 49 DG
    Amount : S $ 5,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 10/04/96
    Date of Maturity : 10/04/99

    56. 2. Name : Mr. Abdul Aziz Bin Shamsuddin
    Post : Political Secretary 1 to PM
    Passport No. : R 722217 (M)
    Bank : Israeli National Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    2 years
    Account No : HD 4179-2416-3829- 31AD
    Amount : USD 3,500,000.00
    Date of opening account : 21/12/96
    Date of Maturity : 21/12/98

    57. 3. Name : Mr. Mohammad Noordin Bin Bachik
    Post : Private Secretary to PM
    Passport No. : E 691432 (M)
    Bank : Israeli National Bank
    Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
    2 years
    Account No : SD 3912-4942-6918- 72 DA
    Amount : S $ 4,000,000.00
    Date of opening account : 03/12/96
    Date of Maturity : 03/12/98

    MY DEAR FELLOW MALAYSIANS THE ABOVE ARE ONLY THOSE THAT WE KNOW OF?..HOW ABOUT THOSE THAT WE DO NOT KNOW OF?????? THINK & JUDGE FOR YOURSELF AND YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN DECIDE WHOM YOU WANT AS THE FUTURE GOVERNMENT !!!!!!

  12. W0W !!!. JIka betul fakta2 tersebut ianya meloyakan !!!. Betul2 perampok !!! I am surpise you forgot beberapa nama lagi ie. Tun Daim Zainuddin, Ling Liong Sik and Samy Vellu. Thnks

  13. omg!!! How did this info surface? Is the file now with Anti-corrpution Agency(ACA)?Or are they waiting for instructions from their political masters?

    Perhaps UMNO’s newly acquired ‘anti-graft agent’ Ezam Mohd Nor may be tasked to do the dirty job no one in Umno dares attempt? 😀

  14. Wah so interesting one! Are you pretty sure there’s no ex-UMNOnians in the long list? Come on, … alang-alang men’digging’, lets dig it out to the bottom of the rock.

    Come on rock it babe!

    Zaib

  15. … and if there’re VVIP ex-UMNOnians (excluding TDM and his family members) among them, how shall we deal with these important individuals?

    mmmm how aaa?

    Zaib

  16. Jong, that’s Bro. Din. You cannot a better answer than that. Ia nya sebagai pengajaran. Kita tidak seharusnya ‘taksub’ sangat kapada sesiapa sahaja. Salam

  17. Bro. Zaib,I reckoned a new list will come out soon. Cuma kali ini di isi dengan nama2 dari satu lagi ‘keluarga’ dan kroni2 yang lain!!! Salam

  18. sdr Din M, mGf
    like jong, first i bantered wit’ Din M
    from opposing corners like muhammad ali vs deng siau been
    but vve never landed physical blows as were were/are civilised MALYSIANS first
    partisan leaners second or third or 4(sei)

    VVe focused on ISSUES, hence our differences in ipinion were learning experience for both of us
    I was elated when one fine morn not long ago
    I in furong received a happy call from Sdr Din
    In HI desibelles he announced he was getting o board PKR

    yes, it was bantering on issues surrounding the former PM
    not about Dr M the man – the person
    I believe that VVe agreed to disagree
    that’s how democratic dscourse must be conducted
    in the spirit of VOLTAIRE worth repeating hear:)

    “I may disagree with what you say but I will defend, to the death, your right to say it.”

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